When I started my ministry, it was difficult to take a day off each week or to get away from the church for a real vacation. Fortunately, across the years I have learned the principle of rest and have come to understand that I function better when rested physically and emotionally.
Several years a go, I heard Rick Warren describe this principle by advising pastors to...
- Divert daily--short breaks that renew,
- Withdraw weekly--a day away that refreshes, and
- Abandon annually--a couple of weeks to let the batteries completely recharge.
Now it's back to the District Transformation Project! Dr. Borden arrives this week for the third round of consultations. Malone and Turnpike will be our focus. In addition, we will hold three Success Universities for pastoral training and one lay training event for the North Country.
The lay training event entitled, Developing Healthy Churches, will be held on Sunday, September 11, from 3p-8:30p at the First Wesleyan Church of Malone. Approximately 150 individuals from our north-of-the-Adirondacks churches have indicated their attendance. I am impressed! The hunger to see life change and community transformation is palpable.
Please pray for all of these events, and for Dr. Borden and myself over these next ten days. It is an intense period and we need wisdom from above. Watch this column for updates on the consultations. Audio files of Dr. Borden's teaching is available for download at the district website--www.enynewesleyan.org -> Church Multiplication Tab -> District Transformation.